United States Naval Photographic Center film #2704.
National Archives description "LS Units of the fleet (cruisers or destroyers) underway (very dark). GV Scenic shot of evening sky; nice clouds (SV). MCU LSO signaling, USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6). GV TBD takes off. GV SBD takes off (SV). MCU LSO signaling as F2A"s pass overhead. LSO signals F2A to come in for landing. LSO signals SBD to cut engine (rear view). LSO signals wave-off to SBD. LSO signals SBD to cut engine. GV SBD takes off (3 views). MS DA SBD starts to warm up on carrier deck. GV DA F2A unfolds wings to take off. GV DA SBD takes off (SV). GV Dawn take-off"s of F2A"s and SBD"s (SV). GV Formation of SBD"s in flight (SV). GV LSO signals TBD to cut engine. QUALITY FAIR LSO signals SBD to land. GV Stern section of the ENTERPRISE as F2A lands. GV F2A"s landing (SV). GV DA SBD landing. LS Aircraft carrier-probably the USS YORKTOWN (CV-5)-underway. Pan picks up cruisers, and follows SBD coming in for landing: LSO gives him the signal to land. GV SBD takes off at dawn (SV). MS DA SBD warms up on stern section of the ENTERPRISE. GV SBD"s taxi into take-off position. GV TBD coming up on elevator and being pushed aft (2 views). MS F2A warming up. CU CMDR Officer on bridge with binoc. ECU CAPT"s face. GV SBD taxiing for take-off. GV TBD takes off. GV CA"s and DD"s in formation. LS DE stern to the ENTERPRISE; BG, an. LS Air group of F2A"s returning to shi [description ends]"
National Archives Identifier: 76520
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July 10, 2016 Subject:
Excellent for Carrier Operations
This is an excellent film of carrier operations with takeoffs and landings, but I am not sure it is a combat film. The film caption mentioning the F2A fighter, which was the Brewster Buffalo is incorrect, as the fighters shown are all Grumman F4F Wildcats. The folding wing aircraft are the TBD Devastators, as the SBD Dauntless never had folding wings, and the early F4F Wildcats also lacked folding wings.
April 22, 2016 Subject:
1942 USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6) - USS YORKTOWN (CV-5) GILBERT/MARSHALLS RAID
This is probably footage of the Enterprise-Yorktown TF's late January early February 1942 Gilbert-Marshall Islands Raid. Some observations as follows; 01:05-01:17 Douglas TBD Devastator Torpedo Bomber; from 01:29-01:40, 03:47-03:55; and 04:40-04:46 Douglas SBD Dive Bomber; from 01:41-01:59 Enterprise Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Lt. (j.g.) Robin M. Lindsey; from 03:20-03:35 Enterprise turning into the wind to launch aircraft; from 03:36-03:43 and 05:55-06:09 Grumman F4F Wildcat Fighter; from 08:03-08:24 Captain of USS Enterprise (CV-6) from 21March1941-30June1942 Captain George C. Murray.